The Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company (EHVFC) started its recent installation of officers with a toast by Captain Craig Blake, who would later be awarded Officer of the Year and recognized for the most training hours with 214.
“I win when you win,” Blake said. “We are here to help people grow. It’s not about me; it’s about we. We are here to care for them.”
Jerry Burton was awarded a special honor for more than 60 years of service at Earleigh Heights and Pat Sohn, who joined the fire company in 1986, was honored with a President’s Award.
The Length of Service awards were given to 15 people, with Frank “Smokey” Kaufman receiving a 50-years award.
Awards were given for first, second and third fire responses and medic calls. James Pyle received the top award in both categories with 375 and 233 hours, respectively. Pyle also completed the most sleep-in hours with 63 and was awarded Firefighter of the Year.
Charles “Doug” Braun was awarded the most hours spent at EHVFC with 1,617, and he was also awarded the President’s Award by President Joe Angyelof.
“Deciding who to get the award is not a piece of cake,” Angyelof said.
Michael Robinson, who started at Earleigh Heights 47 years ago and was once a chief, was the main speaker at the event. Robinson advised the audience to trust the wisdom and experience of the company’s officers.
Auxiliary and line officers were also sworn in at the event along with the board of directors.
Upcoming events at EHVFC include the February 25 bull and oyster roast from 5:30pm to 11:00pm, and the company’s carnival will be held June 29 to July 8, Sundays excluded. The fire department is also gearing up for the Severna Park Fourth of July parade with a new rescue squad and vehicles.
For more information on joining the EHVFC team, visit www.ehvfc.org to sign up.
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